Actors: Steven Waddington, Kevin Collins, Andrew Tiernan
Director: Derek Jarman
From Gay Essential
This 1991 British film is based on Christopher Marlowe’s play, Edward II, and focuses on the passionate love Edward II of England had for a nobleman of Gascon origin. Directed by Derek Jarman, the historical tragedy stars Steven Waddington and Andrew Tiernan and features Tilda Swinton, Dudley Sutton and John Lynch.
“In showing the antigay prejudices behind Edward’s violent fall, Jarman makes Edward II more than a visually arresting stunt; it’s a piercing cry from the heart.”
— Rolling Stone
“His decision to have Annie Lennox serenade the departing Gaveston and his lover with a rendition of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye” is a brilliant stroke”
— Washington Post
“Although the screen adaptation remains more or less faithful to Marlowe’s text, Mr. Jarman has augmented the drama with provocative visualizations of homosexual love and the persecution of gay people that infuse the play with sex, sadomasochistic violence and a hysterically pitched moral fury.”
— The New York Times
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 – 1.66:1
- Number of discs: 1
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